CANON EOS C100 MKII

Canon has just announced an upgraded version of its popular C100 cinema camera – the EOS C100 Mark II.

The second-generation C100 has a Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, and the company tell us it’s designed as an affordable solution for film schools, indie filmmakers, documentary filmmakers, remote broadcast news and videographers, with a number of new performance upgrades.

The Mkii will feature 1080/60p recording, Dual Pixel CMOS AF,uncompressed YCbCr output (from HDMI), Face-Detection Autofocus (AF), Redesigned Viewfinder and OLED Panel, Built-In Canon Log Look-Up Table, Wireless File Transfer and MP4/AVCHD recording. It has an EF mount and the camera’s body only weighs 2.5lbs/1.1kgs, making it a lot easier to lug around.

The Dual Pixel AF had been available on the original C100 has a purchasable upgrade, but is standard on the MkII. A first for any of the EOS range is the Face Detection which uses contrast detection AF to maintain focus across most of the image plane. Like the original CS100, the camera performs well in low-lighting and now also has a “cinematic look” with a shallow depth of field (depending on your lens).

It also uses Canon’s DIGIC DV4 image processor, which separates the RGB output from the camera’s CMOS imager into three individual 8 megapixel signals (as opposed to 2MB in the EOS C100). It also includes a new debayering algorithm to help minimize moiré and reduce video noise even at high ISO speeds (high-sensitivity recording on the camera ranges from ISO 320 to 80,000).

Recording in either AVCHD or MP4 formats will give bit rates of up to 28 Mbps and 35 Mbps, respectively, with MP4 recording at up to 1920×1080/60p. There’s also a new built-in LUT, allowing users to view the camera’s live video signal in Wide DR (dynamic range) or the BT.709 (TV standard) color space on the OLED or any external monitor (this feature can be turned off in the menu). Uncompressed video output (with time code data and 2:3 pulldown markers superimposed) can be output via the lockable HDMI to an external recorder.

There’s also an optional Canon GP-E2 EOS GPS Receiver which can be connected to the camera using a USB cable to record location and time information during shooting, a helpful feature for editing and archiving.

“Canon’s commitment to the advancement of tools for visual expression takes another major step forward with the introduction of the EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc.

“Drawing on input from Canon’s global community of Cinema EOS camera users and from digital filmmakers using Canon EF lenses – 100 million of which have now been produced worldwide[i] – the Company has added new capabilities to the EOS C100 Mark II from its predecessor that powerfully leverage our considerable expertise in optics, imaging, and digital signal processing. The result is an improved, affordable Super 35mm CMOS digital camera that is designed to provide outstanding HD image quality, operational performance, ergonomics, and workflow convenience.”

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FEATURES:

  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Face-Detection.
  • New large-size detachable eyecup for the camera’s 68-degree tilting 0.45-inch 1.23 megapixel color EVF (electronic viewfinder).
  •  DIGIC DV4 image processor, with 3 x 8.3 Megapixel RGB streams.
  • New red trigger marks on buttons, a top handle, grip, and a built-in mono microphone (for audio-syncing when handle is removed).
  • Hinged 3.5″ OLED panel opens to 270º and delivers 100% field-of-view coverage. With 1.23 megapixels and function keys/joystick.
  • 17 assignable recessed function buttons.
  • ISO 320 to 80,000
  • AVCHD or MP4 formats recording up to 1920×1080/60p,uncompressed YCbCr output (from HDMI).
  • 2 x XLR inputs
  • Dual SD card slots with a transparent cover.
  • Dual WiFi of 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies.
  • Remote control via compatible smartphones, tablets & notebooks, or via the Canon RC-V100.
  • EF Mount with optional GP-E2 EOS GPS Receiver

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera is scheduled to be available at the end of December 2014 for an estimated retail price of US$5,499.00.

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Specs:

Image Sensor
Sensor Super 35mm CMOS (24.6 x 13.8 mm) (28.2 mm diagonal)
Total Pixels Approx. 9.84 megapixels (4206 x 2340)
Effective Pixels Approx. 8.29 megapixels (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Processor DIGIC DV 4
Color Filter RGB Primary Color Filter (Bayer Array)
Lens System
Lens Mount Canon EF mount with EF contacts
ND Filters Clear, 2 stops (1/4), 4 stops (1/16), 6 stops (1/64)
Iris Dial Manual setting in 1/2-step increments, 1/3-step increments, or fine
Push auto iris control
Peripheral Illumination Correction On supported Canon EF, EF-S, and Cinema lenses
Exposure Control
Exposure Modes Manual
Push Auto Iris Control (metering system selection/AE shift possible)
Metering Modes Standard Center Weighted, Spotlight, Backlight
Gain Normal: -6 to 30 dB TBD
Fine: 0 to 24 dB, in 0.5 dB increments
ISO Range 320 to 80,000 in 1/3-step increments
Shutter Modes OFF, ISO Speed, Shutter Angle, Slow Shutter, or Clear ScanSpeed setting can be set in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments
Shutter Speed Range 59.94i/: 1/60 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: ¼, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30; CS: 59.94 Hz – 250.51 HzPF30: 1/30 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: ¼, 1/8, 1/15; CS: 29.97 Hz – 250.51 Hz23.98p/PF24: 1/24 to 1/2000 in 1/4or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12; CS: 23.98 Hz – 250.51 Hz

50i: 1/50 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12 1/25; CS: 50.00 Hz – 250.51 Hz

PF25: 1/25 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12; CS: 25.00 Hz – 250.51 Hz

Shutter Angle Settings 59.94i: 360, 240, 216, 180, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25PF30: 360, 240, 216, 180, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.2523.98p/PF24: 360, 345.6, 288, 240, 180, 172.8, 144, 120, 90, 86.4, 72, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25

50i: 360, 300, 240, 180, 150, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.50, 15, 11.25

PF25: 360, 300, 240, 180, 150, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.50, 15, 11.25

Focus Control
Settings Manual
One-Shot AF
Continuous AF
Autofocus AF is dependent on interchangeable lenses
Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Canon EF, EF-S, and Cinema lenses
Video
Signal System NTSC and PAL
Recording Format Compression: MPEG-4, AVC/H.264, MP4
Maximum bit rate: AVCHD 28Mb/s, MP4 35Mb/s
Frame Rates AVCHD
1920 x 1080p: 59.94. 50, 23.98
1920 x 1080i: 59.94, 50
1920 x 1080PF: 29.97, 25MP4
1920 x 1080p: 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 23.98
1280 x 720p: 29.97, 25, 23.98
640 x 360p: 29.97, 25, 23.98
Audio
Audio Record Mode AVCHD
28 Mb/s: Linear PCM; 2-Channel; 16-Bit; 48 kHz
24 Mb/s: Linear PCM; 2-Channel; 16-Bit; 48 kHz
All other modes: Dolby Digital AC3
Built-In Microphone Monaural microphone in camera body
Stereo microphone in Handle Unit
Audio Inputs 2 x XLR on top handle (Auto and Manual level settings)
1 x 3.5 mm terminal
XLR Mic Trimming -12, -6, 0, +6, or +12 dB
Limiter Available
Audio Level Control Infinity to +18 dB, Automatic
Separate controls for internal and externally connected microphones
Phantom Power +48 V
Headphone Output Level 16 Settings; volume is muted at lowest setting
Built-in Speaker Yes; 16 level settings
Tone 1 KHz tone available; -12, -18, or -20 dB
Media
Recording Media 2 x SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots
File system: FAT 32
Maximum Recording Time AVCHD
8GB SD Memory Card
28 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 35 minutes
24 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 40 minutes
17 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 1 hour
7 Mb/s 1440 x 1080: 2 hours 20 minutes16GB SD Memory Card
28 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 1 hour 15 minutes
24 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 1 hour 25 minutes
17 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 2 hours 5 minutes
7 Mb/s 1440 x 1080: 4 hours 45 minutes32GB SD Memory Card
28 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 2 hours 30 minutes 24 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 2 hours 55 minutes
17 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 4 hours 10 minutes
7 Mb/s 1440 x 1080: 9 hours 35 minutes
64GB SD Memory Card
28 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 5 hours 24 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 5 hours 55 minutes
17 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 8 hours 20 minutes
7 Mb/s 1440 x 1080: 19 hours 10 minutes

128GB SD Memory Card
28 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 10 hours 10 minutes
24 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 11 hours 55 minutes
17 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 16 hours 45 minutes
7 Mb/s 1440 x 1080: 38 hours 25 minutes

MP4
8GB SD Memory Card
35 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 30 minutes
24 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 40 minutes
17 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 1 hour
4 Mb/s 1280 x 720: 4 hours 20 minutes
3 Mb/s 640 x 360: 5 hours 40 minutes

16GB SD Memory Card
35 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 60 minutes
24 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 1 hour 25 minutes
17 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 2 hours 5 minutes
4 Mb/s 1280 x 720: 8 hours 40 minutes
3 Mb/s 640 x 360: 11 hours 25 minutes

32GB SD Memory Card
35 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 2 hours
24 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 2 hours 55 minutes
17 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 4 hours 10 minutes
4 Mb/s 1280 x 720: 17 hours 20 minutes
3 Mb/s 640 x 360: 22 hours 55 minutes

64GB SD Memory Card
35 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 4 hours
24 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 5 hours 55 minutes
17 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 8 hours 20 minutes
4 Mb/s 1280 x 720: 34 hours 45 minutes
3 Mb/s 640 x 360: 45 hours 55 minutes

128GB SD Memory Card
35 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 8 hours
24 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 11 hours 55 minutes
17 Mb/s 1920 x 1080: 16 hours 45 minutes
4 Mb/s 1280 x 720: 69 hours 30 minutes
3 Mb/s 640 x 360: 91 hours 55 minutes

Simultaneous REC./Relay REC. Yes
Display
Type 3.5″ / 8.9 cm, OLED
640 x 480
922,000 pixels
Adjustments Brightness, Contrast, Color, Sharpness, and Backlight (Normal or Bright)
Viewfinder
Type 0.24″ (0.61 cm) color
960×540 resolution
1,560,000 pixels
Diopter Adjustment +2.0 to -5.5
Adjustments Brightness, Contrast, Color, and Backlight
Inputs/Outputs
HDMI Output 1 x Type A
Timecode Embedded in HDMI output
Audio Input 2 x Balanced 3-pin XLR on top handle unit
1 x 3.5 mm input jack on main body
Headphone Jack 1 x 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Remote Terminal LANC compatible
USB 1 x Mini-B USB 2.0
General
White Balance Auto, Kelvin, Daylight, Tungsten, Set A, Set B
White balance shift is available within Presets (-9 to +9)
Waveform Monitor 2 Modes (Standard and RGB Component)
Minimum Subject Illumination 59.94 Hz: 0.3 lux
50 Hz: 0.25 lux
Language Support English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean
Power Supply 7.4 V DC (battery pack: BP-955)
8.4 V DC (DC IN)
Operating Temperature Performance requirements
32 – 104°F (0 – 40°C), 85% relative humidity
Operating requirements:
32 – 113°F (0 – 45°C), 60% relative humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D) Body with Thumb Rest: 5.3 x 6.7 x 5.1 in (13.5 x 17 x 12.9 cm)
Body with Grip: 7.2 x 6.7 x 5.1 in (18.2 x 17 x 12.9 cm)
W/ Thumb Rest and handle: 5.6 x 11.1 x 9.3 in (14.2 x 28.1 x 23.6 cm)
W/ Grip and handle: 7.2 x 11.1 x 9.3 in (18.2 x 28.1 x 23.6 cm)
Weight Body only: approx. 2.2 lb (1.0 kg)
Grip: approx. 8.1 oz (230 g)
BP-955 Battery: 7.8 oz (220 g)

 

 

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